- Lakeside Park Estates in Pembroke Park, Florida, charges applicants different fees for applying to live in the park, according to an investigation byLocal10.com.
- Applicants from the US pay $US50, while someone from Canada would pay $US75, and someone from Colombia would pay $US175.
- Keenya Robertson, president of Housing Opportunities Project for Excellence, said the application fees could be in violation of the Fair Housing Act.
A mobile home park in Florida is facing scrutiny for charging different rental application fees based on what country the potential residents come from.
A list of application fees for Lakeside Park Estates in Pembroke Park, Florida, obtained by Local10.com revealed that prices go up for applicants who aren’t from the United States.
The mobile home park, owned by Trinity Broadcasting Network, is a 55-and-older community of primarily Canadians who visit Florida during the winter months.
The list of countries featured on application documents seen by Local10 includes the US, Puerto Rico, Cuba, Canada, Dominican Republic, Peru, Colombia, and Honduras.
While US residents pay a $US50 application fee, people from Canada and the Dominican Republic pay $US75; Puerto Rican and Cuban applicants pay $US80; Peruvian applicants pay $US135; Honduran applicants pay $US150; and Colombian applicants pay $US175.
Keenya Robertson, president of Housing Opportunities Project for Excellence, told Local10 that the application fees could be in violation of the Fair Housing Act, which prohibits discrimination on home sales and rentals based on race, colour, national origin, religion, sex, family status, or disability.
She also said the list is “missing countries that are represented in South Florida significantly by black people.”
“Jamaica, the Bahamas and Haiti are missing,” Robertson said.
INSIDER has contacted Trinity Broadcasting and Lakeside Park Estates for a comment on the application fees.
According to Local10, a mobile home park down the street from Lakeside Park charged a flat $US60 application fee, regardless of where the applicants were from.
Virnalise Velez, who works in the Lakeside Park Estates office, told Local10 that the park received complaints about the fees.
Trinity Broadcasting’s Mike Everett, however, told Local10 that the company does not consider the fees to be discriminatory. He added, though, that the company is examining whether to move to a flat fee structure.
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